|Rhode Island Hadassah draws a crowd|
|By Nancy Abeshaus|
|Friday, 02 September 2011 15:16|
|‘Books on the Beach’ supports Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem|
NEWPORT – More than 200 Hadassah supporters – primarily women – gathered at the Atlantic Beach Club in Newport on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to mark the organization’s upcoming centennial year – 2012 – and to raise funds for Hadassah Medical Organization’s (HMO) newest facility, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower (the Tower) at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Rhode Island Hadassah, which has 1,000 members, hosted the “Books on the Beach” authors’ luncheon.
The Tower, which will be dedicated in 2012, is a 19-story structure with 500 beds, 20 operating rooms, 60 intensive care beds and an ultra-modern heart institute. The HMO is the Middle East’s largest medical center; Hadassah hospitals provide world-class medical care to more than one million patients annually regardless of race, religion, or nationality.
Hadassah members, guests and authors, including Dr. Meredith ‘Merry’ Drench, president of the Western New England region of Hadassah, dined in the restaurant’s sun-filled banquet hall with panoramic views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Newport’s Cliff Walk.
Karen Asher of Kingston and Renee Kaminitz of Middletown co-chaired the meeting; RI Hadassah co-presidents Deb Gerstenblatt of Warwick and Sally Rotenberg of Providence spoke about Hadassah before turning the program over to Robin Kall, host of the 920 WHJJ talk show “Reading with Robin,” and the master of ceremonies for the event. Authors Lynn Ducoff Belkin, Ann Hood and Joan Nathan discussed their newest books and fielded questions. Later, attendees had a chance to meet the authors and have their books personally inscribed. The authors donated a portion of the proceeds from the day’s book sales to Hadassah.
Dr. Robert Ducoff of Providence – father of author Lynn Ducoff Belkin – is a lifetime Hadassah member through its affiliate group, the Associates; nationally, Hadassah Associates is some 30,000 strong. “I joined because I want to be involved and support this organization,” he said.
“We’ve held many different fundraising programs but we’ve never had a book-and-author event before,” said Asher. “I think we’ll be doing more of these.”
Rotenberg reported that the event’s final net profit was $8,500. Other Hadassah members from across the state worked on this program, including Marilyn F. Cohen of Wakefield, Fran Mendell of Newport, Toby Rossner of Cranston and Judy Silverman of East Greenwich. Arianna Cosmetics on Bowen’s Wharf in Newport donated 10 beauty treatments to 10 lucky attendees.
“It was a very uplifting event,” said Gerstenblatt. “It generated good publicity across the region.”
“It was easy to plan – everyone wants to be in Newport in the summer,” said Rotenberg.
For more information about Rhode Island Hadassah, visit www.rhodeisland.hadassah.org or call 272-8005 or 463-3636.